SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 5

Day five is here and you are in for more adventure! Welcome aboard if you’re new and if you’ve been here since day one, hello again!

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SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Wednesday, December 5th

Book Review | Kellyn Roth, Reveries

Another fabulous review of Seek! =D

Book Spotlight + Guest Post | John-Clement Gallo, JC’s ShadowBlog

*slams fist on table* GUESS WHAT, FOLKS. I got to talk about BAD GUYS. If you know me really well, you probably know how much I love a good villain. In this guest post, I give tips on how to create a villain you will love to hate.

Guest Post | Medomfo, Writings From A God Girl

Want to write Christian fiction but don’t know where to start? This post, in which I share tips for writing Christian fiction, is for you, friend!

 

THE ANTAGONIST

 

Today’s theme is going to be bad guys. (Day 1: Beginning, Day 2: Seeking God Through Pain, Day 3: Maintaining Motivation With Big Projects, Day 4: Family Bonds) If you aren’t a big fan of bad guys, that’s cool, but feel free to stick around anyway, friend! =) I’m going to introduce y’all to two antagonists in Seek.

Viktor Marino is a local ganglord who has more power than anyone should have. In the words of Viktor Marino, “A bad guy is just a good guy willing to do ugly things.” Viktor is one of my favorite characters, for different reasons, and most I can’t tell you, but he’s not a simple-minded villain. He isn’t big and scary. He isn’t completely invincible. Getting inside his head was a blast because I loved thinking like he did.

Michelle White is the adopted child of the Cutler family, and she is a narcissist who leaves home but comes back to haunt… Well, you get the idea. She’s probably my least favorite villain because she was based off of my adopted sister. Michelle is greedy for control. Having an antagonist who doesn’t really have much motivation you can empathize with is challenging.

If you look at your favorite villains, their motivations are different, right? Some want to help the world while others want to destroy it. Some want to get power and some do wicked things to gain love. No matter what the villain wants, most people want a villain they can understand! But when it comes to narcissists, that is hard to portray because in real life, many people don’t think narcissism is a real thing. And it is.

I wrote Michelle to show that in life, sometimes the bad guys don’t have big, strong motivations that make sense. Do I enjoy a villain who does? Yes! However, for the sake of realism, I strongly believe we shouldn’t shy away from writing what we know. If we know narcissists from experience, we can write that into a story and show that no matter how people do us wrong, God has our backs. We don’t have to fear wicked people. We don’t have think fiction should only show Hollywood-esque plots or characters. Every story matters. Even if it may seem insane, don’t shy away from what God calls you to write. This was important for me to learn because writing Michelle was a hard thing to tackle when I was still trying to heal from what my own sister had done to me, but I praise God I did, because I know Seek will help others find God in difficult times.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Two days left of the blog tour, y’all! =) Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check the previous posts out. ♥

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God bless,

Ang

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VILLAINS? DO YOU LIKE THEM OR NO?

 

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 4

It’s day 4… Only 3 days left of this tour! *flails* Let’s get right to it.

 

SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Tuesday, December 4th

Book Spotlight | Faith Potts, Stories By Firefly

Another sweet spotlight from my friend, Faith! (Also, if you’re signed up for my newsletter, you know I GOT TO MEET FAITH IN NOVEMBER! =D)

Guest Post | Grace Maples, Proclaiming His Excellencies

OH GOLLY, Y’ALL! This guest post is about finding shelter in God and I really loved writing it. Be sure to check it out…

 

FAMILY BONDS

 

One of the funnest things to write in Seek was the family bonds. This book has a strong, functioning family who remain faithful through the hard times. It also has a dysfunctional family who broke apart when things grew difficult. The family ties in this novel heavily reflected my own and those I have seen.

My family is pretty tight. Despite trials, we stick together. We love each other. We have each other’s backs. Not many families have this blessing nowadays. While the Cutler family in Seek resemble my family as we are today, the Davis family in Seek resemble other family relationships I know of. Without going into great detail, Elijah Davis’ family fell apart after his father turned to alcohol.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Wow, huh? Love is way more than a simple tug at the gut or feeling! Writing Seek, I was shown just how much God loves us, and what that means. It doesn’t mean God loves us and leaves us out to fend for ourselves. Oh, no! It means God protects us, will never fail us, is patient with us, and has more mercy than we deserve. Love is a huge gift! Even when we want to throttle those we love, we have to watch what we do and say, because in the end, we don’t want to hurt our family. Love is not always acting on impulse emotions. We have to watch what we say and do!

In life, it hurts to watch our family members walk away. Whether we can restore a relationship with them or not, we still love them (even if that love isn’t returned). The thing about family is we can’t make our loved ones do what we want them to do. In Seek, Eli Davis wants something from his little brother, and he tries hard to get it, but of course, we can’t control our family members (even if we think we know what’s best for them). Can you relate?

God knows how we feel, y’all. He knows how much it hurts to have family betray us. Think about Jesus and Judas! That was very up close and personal, and it hurt Jesus. When Peter betrayed Jesus, Jesus saw it coming, but He still loved Peter. And every day, when we sin or turn away from God, it hurts Him.

Losing people hurts, but not loving our family while we have them will hurt us far worse. Jesus is our example and He loved knowing what His followers would do. We may know our family member(s) won’t choose us when the going gets tough, but we can love them from a distance. We have to hold fast to those who are loyal, who love us through thick and thin. Blood bonds or not, those people are family.

 

MY EXCITING NEWS…

I got Seek’s proof copy! *screaming* I’ll be proofing it with my formatter and cover design *cough* Kellyn Roth *cough*, then the paperback will be available!

And here’s the thickness! The 2nd draft is the copy on the bottom, for fun contrast purposes. This baby has come so far. *cries*

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Thanks again for dropping by, friend. =) I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. ♥

God bless,

Ang

 

DO YOU RELATE TO THE FAMILY BONDS PORTRAYED IN SEEK?

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 3

Buckle your seat belts and grab your favorite snack, because we’re in for another fun day, y’all! Give it up for day three. *bows*

 

SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Monday, December 3rd

Guest Post + Book Spotlight | Liz, Home With The Hummingbirds

Have problems with *gasp* writer’s block?! Check out my guest post on Liz’s blog!

Book Spotlight + Author Interview | Michaela Bush, Tangled Up In Writing

I had so much fun getting interviewed by my friend Michaela! Check it out, peeps. ♥

 

 

MAINTAINING MOTIVATION WITH BIG PROJECTS

 

Today, I’m going to chat about maintaining motivation for working on bigger projects. As I said, Seek took over two years to complete. Sticking with a project can be really hard. I never thought of ditching Seek and not finishing it, but that doesn’t mean it was always smooth driving. The guest post on Liz’s blog shows some tips of how I found inspiration while working on my novel. Now, I’ll talk about motivation, too!

Every storyteller has their own voice. God has a way for each of us to tell a story, and that will never be the same way for another person. We shouldn’t strive to be like others. We should strive to do what God wills us to do. This was a huge lesson for me as I wrote Seek because it set me free! My biggest motivational drive comes from God. If I felt myself getting sidetracked, I’d pray and God would help me get back on track. I motivated myself with the knowledge that God had a will for me and I had to keep going, no matter what.

I see so many writers say read fiction to build your storytelling skills, but I also think movies can be just as insightful. Why? Because if you’re a visual person (or lack a whole lot of reading time), you can learn things from movies. Of course, Hollywood is often silly, so take things with a grain of salt. But for storytelling and character development, what do you like to see in a movie? How can you apply that to a piece of writing? It can be helpful to see a story play out before your eyes on screen, y’all!

And another thing that kept me going through it all was the outcome. What is the outcome of finishing a big project dear to your heart? For me, it is being able to share a story that I pray will help others. in fact, I’ve already had people tell me how much they could relate to the characters and situations. It hit me deep!

To hold a final copy of a book I poured my heart into is enough to make me trudge through editing. To be able to tell others about my book and see their faces light up is so cool, guys. There’s so much joy to be spread by the written word. So many messages to share. And my motivation is being a Light for Jesus, no matter what project I’m working on. Sometimes, the biggest motivation comes from something small.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Also, I have exciting news tomorrow, and of course, more amazing bloggers to show you! =D And don’t forget to tell your friends about the giveaway. I sincerely appreciate all the sweet feedback I’ve received. God bless you all!

– Ang

 

ARE YOU ENJOYING THE TOUR? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WINTER?